We’re up in the Swiss Mountains, enjoying our yearly ski holiday in the spectacular “Engadin” (the area around St. Moritz). The weather is beautiful (if maybe a bit chilly), so I couldn’t resist taking my camera on my morning dog walk. It was about -10°C/ 14°F when I started off… …that made taking the pictures without gloves, quite a challenge, but with these images of the river “Flaz”… …”Celerina”… …along the river “Inn”… …to the village of “Samedan”. A truly spectacular walk…even if someone got a bit tired of me taking snaps.
…at last! It’s time for our Ski Holidays, we’ve been anticipating for weeks. My hubby, “Grossmami” (Grandma), our daughter and dog, drove the car up to Pontresina (a village near St. Moritz) with all our gear (and believe me the car was absolutely jam packed), while the boys and I took the train (sometimes my travel sickness does come in hand 😉). After a 3 hour and 47 minutes train journey, we needed to stretch our legs. The quarter of an hour stroll through Pontresina to our chalet was just right. We spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking while the kids went out to explore. With a good nights sleep and after a hearty breakfast, there was nothing going to stop us from hitting the slopes… …a perfect way start to our holidays!
We’ve enjoyed two weeks of skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledging, ice skating and just being in this beautiful, picturesque part of Switzerland. For now it is time to say “Sta bain” – goodbye, but we’ll be back… For those of you that are interested: “Sta bain” is “rätoromanisch” and means goodbye. Rätoromanisch is one of the four official languages spoken in Switzerland (the other three are German, French and Italian ). It is only spoken in this part of Switzerland, the canton “Graubünden”.
This evening we took the train up the mountain Muottas Muragl (2456 meters above sea level) to see the sunset over St. Moritz and enjoy a delicious meal. I’m not going to bore you with how fantastic it was. You can see for yourself… Muottas Muragl – Mountain Dining …top of the world, in every sense… …but all good things must come to an end.
We awoke this morning early, to beautiful sunshine. The reason we got up so early, was that we were going to St. Moritz to watch the World Ski Championship. We took the bus from where we’re staying in La Punt, which was about a 15 minute drive to St. Moritz. Today was the Men’s Downhill (the main event of the whole championship). The organisers where expecting around 40’000 spectators (you can maybe guess from the photographs, that they were not disappointed).The hype was unbelievable. A tv-helicopter hovered over us (made the kids wave like mad) as we made our way up the mountain to the stadium. We were joined by hundreds of spectators from all over the world, who came to watch the spectacle. The excitement in the stadium was hardly containable and when the Patrouille Suisse (the Swiss Army Acrobatic Pilots) thundered over us with 1’000 Km/h all hell broke lose. The race was planned to beginn at 12 o’clock but due to some clouds in the middle sector it got delayed until 12.30, then until 13.00, then …
We’re on the kids autumn break in La Punt, the Engadin this week and our first day is really wet and cold (4°C, you can even see the snow line). But as it is with kids you can’t keep them cooped up all day and our labrador needed a walk so we got our gear on and took off to St. Moritz for a walk in the Stazer woods. the highlight were the squirrels (which were really difficult to photograph) Now back at our flat, the kids are dry again and fed and want to go swimming this afternoon. (they obviously didn’t get wet enough this morning)